Milano is the Italian capital of business, knowledge, media, style. It is a truly European city replete with fashion&design events, trendy food spots and nightlife venues. No matter the reason that has made you come to the city, you want to be part of all this. Going out is a way of life here.
Milano offers restaurants for every pocket. However, you should budget for at least 30€ for a dinner out, and 20€ if it is a pizzeria.
A very cheap alternative to dinner is the happy hour of aperitivo, an evergreen habit in Milano, usually consumed at end of office hours (7-9 pm). An aperitivo should cost no more than 10€ – which include the cost of a cocktail plus a platter of food/access to a buffet. For a beer or glass of wine you should count at least 5€.
An average ticket for Alla Scala Theater performance (absolutely worth seeing at least once in one's life!) starts at 70€ and goes up to 200€ for operas and ballets, while 55€ is the average price for classical concerts. A membership card for young people under 30 is available and gives you 25% discounts and free access to many events.
Our tip: check for available seats in the upper gallery, since these tickets can be discounted up to 15€: the sight of the stage might not be the best, but the overall aesthetic experience is unique. Plus, you may chatter with a real melomaniac during intervals - by using the upper gallery they can afford not to miss one representation; moreover, they say the sound from the Loggione (as they call the upper gallery) is the best.
Food4Thought? Entrance to civic museums costs 5€ for adults and 3€ for students, while tickets for blockbuster exhibitions are sold at 12/15€. If you live for culture rather than food, you should definitely consider getting a Museum Pass Lombardy, a yearly card that gives you access to most galleries and museums in Milano and the rest of the region for only 45€ (27-64 y.o.)/ 30€ (15-26 y.o.).
Over 1.2 million books and audiovisuals are accessible for free in any of the 25 Municipal Libraries (Sistema Bibliotecario di Milano) spread throughout the city. An additional circuit of bookstores and venues acting as collection points make library services even closer to inhabitants. Libraries provide free consultation of daily newspapers and weekly magazines, quiet spaces for studying, and organize book presentations, and free cultural activities for all ages and tastes. Digital loan is also available.
Don’t miss the opportunity to fill your daily life with fun&culture.